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Ogunjobi Gold Cup Pre-season Tourney Gets Kwara FA Backing

Kwara State Football Association has informed it has put finishing touches to preparations towards a successful hosting of a glamorous 8th Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament, Complete Sports reports.

The tournament is billed to get underway on October 29 and would run until November 7.

This is the third time Kwara Stadium, Ilorin would be hosting the Ogunjobi Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament which brings together top teams carefully picked from the three tiers of the nation’s domestic football leagues, as they prepare for the new season.

At a meeting held on Thursday in Ilorin between the Kwara FA executives and General Coordinator of the annual preseason tournament, Tunde Shamsudeen, Malam Idris Musa Abdullahi (Thuraya) confirmed that his board threw its weight behind this year’s event with a view to making Ilorin the permanent venue for the yearly event.

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Abdullahi said that the late former Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) Secretary General, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi was an astute football administrator who supported his bid for the 2019 Kwara State FA election.

He also noted his board will work with the necessary stakeholders including the Kwara State Government, National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in organising a Covid-19 free pre-season tournament.

On his part, tournament General Coordinator, Shamsudeen, commended the Kwara State FA and other stakeholders for their continued support for the annual preseason tournament.

He expressed optimism of hosting a more colourful tournament this year despite challenges, with the greenlight from the government and Kwara FA.

Enyimba, Kano Pillara; defending champions, Niger Tornadoes; Lobi Stars, Kwara United, Remo Stars, ABS FC, FC Ebedei debutants Ekiti United and Sokoto United are among the clubs expected to take part in this year’s edition of Ogunjobi Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament.

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